School bus drivers get extra training to deal with unruly students, adults

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GREENVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) - Hortonville school bus drivers learned firsthand how to handle unruly students and adults.

This is the second year Hortonville Area School District has teamed up with the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department.

They walked through live scenarios on school bus safety at Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center

"Important situation because if you think about it, there's quite a lot of precious cargo that are on school buses every day," said Dana Tedlie, Fox Valley Technical College.

The school district says it's seen an increase in people attempting to get on buses without permission.

"You never know what's going to happen when you're driving a school bus,” David King, Hortonville bus driver said. “It could be a parent that's upset or a situation on the road."

And Monday deputies hoped to prepare bus drivers for whatever may come their way.

"Mental preparation ahead of any type of violent, emotional encounter most often breeds a response that's more successful," said Sgt. Shawn Oligny, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department.

Different scenarios were played out Monday, if parents try to come on the bus without permission, drivers are taught to stay calm and ask them to come around to the driver’s window.

If a fight happens at a bus stop, drivers are taught to drive past and communicate with the bus garage.

Above all, drivers should keep one question in mind.

"What would I do if… If you ask yourself ahead time before it happens, you'll have an opportunity to come up with two or three, four different options on what I would." Said Sgt. Oligney.

“This helps give us confidence in terms of what we do as drivers," said King.

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